8 Hand-To-Hand Combat Myths You Probably Believe

MYTH: You can use your keys to ward off would-be attackers.

TRUTH: Are your keys made of adamantium? When most civilians think of this self-defense technique, they imagine clutching their keys between their knuckles like Wolverine’s claws, slashing and stabbing their way to freedom. Even as a last resort, “key claws” don’t really offer any sort of major advantage (length, force, stopping power), over an open handed strike.

Many experts recommend … just about anything else. Wrapping your hand around loose change before you punch, wielding an umbrella like a poor man’s eskrima stick, or a ballpoint pen, which was actually invented during WWII and popularized because of its toughness in combat situations.